Saturday, 2 April 2011
Breakfast Beer Tasting: Ballast Point Big Eye IPA
The basics: It’s a 355ml bottle and weighs in at a respectable 7% with a healthy 85 IBUs. It’s a good job I’m not driving to work. Or indeed planning to do any work today!
It poured clear amber with a large, white, frothy head. The aroma is pungent floral hops and some citrus.
Taste: Medium bodied and pleasantly smooth. The four types of malt work well to give it some balance and allow the Cascade & Centennial hops to soak through onto the palate. Plenty of grapefruit and floral bite, but not as overwhelming as some others.
Finish: Fades away to give a lingering back of the throat dryness.
Conclusion: An excellent, well structured IPA that drinks under its strength and deserves its moreish reputation. One for Mother’s Day.